With the somewhat startling development that the South Carolina and Georgia match-up will be a game between two top 25 teams, it puts a new wrinkle into the importance of the game. Everyone has highlighted this game as a game that could go a long way toward deciding the SEC East.
South Carolina and Georgia seems to always be a tough, close game. It's not a marquee rivalry, but it is a rivalry nonetheless. It's not a rivalry bred on pure hatred and disdain, more a rivalry on competitiveness. One team trying to maintain a dominance, another still clawing and fighting to make their name.
South Carolina and Georgia will play in the early game this weekend, not the prime time slot a game with this many implications, this early, would expect to be played. There are several big names playing this weekend, though there are few in conference games.
Either way, both the Dawgs and the Gamecocks will show up ready to play. Coming off of an impressive week one showing against Southern Miss, the atmosphere of Williams Brice Stadium may be as loud and as lively as it was around this time in 2009 when number four Ole Miss rolled into Columbia.
This is no doubt a big game with a big fight feel. More eyes than usual may be on Columbia, South Carolina this weekend. One thing is for certain, these five Gamecocks must give their best for the Gamecocks to walk away victorious, climb in the rankings and move one step closer to meeting expectations.